Are self assessment medical books as useful as they are cracked up to be?
Simon Kirwin reviews the Self-Assessment Colour Review series, published by Manson, to see if they can add anything to his already vast medical knowledge.
It's the final year of my medical education, and panic is already setting in, so I am looking for texts that will do the learning for me. Unfortunately, they don not seem to exist, but there is a plethora of self assessment books out there which at least help me know what I don't know, including this series from Manson.
At first glance, they cover a wide variety of clinical medical cases you will see on the wards, and the format is always the same - a clinical case on one page, with a detailed answer overleaf. Each case is illustrated, with either a picture of a patient, an electrocardiogram, an x ray film, a scan, or occasionally a histological slide, and the results of blood tests are given where appropriate. Typical questions ask for a diagnosis, differentials, and management, and each book has an index of diseases covered, so